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​A Dollar Down

This song is by Louis Jordan and appears on the compilation album One Guy Named Louis (1992) by ​Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five.

A dollar down and a a dollar when I'm caught
Yeh Lord I'm stuck with all this mess I bought
Every time somebody knocks
I tip to the bathroom in my socks
On account of that dollar down and a dollar when I'm caught

Yeh a dollar down and a dollar when I can
Lord I'm stuck with that easy credit plan
Though my baby's dressed to kill
It keeps me back home with these bills
On account of that dollar down and a dollar when I can

I saw a nice place on the Avenue
They said come in boy what can we do to you
I said all I got is a dollar and a dime
I'd like to buy some little old stuff on time
They grabbed me and pushed me into the door
And loaded me down with everything in the store
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Yo teeth may grit and yo eyes may shine
But you cannot cut out till these papers you sign
Along about noon I started to write
When I finished it up it was past midnight (etc etc)